Today, we have added our 54th video interview to Over 50 and Out of Work. It’s the fifth of our eight interviews from Las Vegas where the metropolitan area’s unemployment rate is over 14 percent.
Albert Yasbick, 59, an electrical engineer moved to Las Vegas in 2005 to work for the power company. Originally from the South, Yasbick, a former boxer who has an irrepressible sense of humor and indefatigable optimism, has been unemployed since January 2010.
When the real estate boom in Nevada collapsed, Yasbick lost his job and has not been able to find full-time re-employment, although he has submitted close to 200 applications. He is surviving on part-time work, unemployment benefits and withdrawals from his 401K, but concerned that he will lose his home to foreclosure if he can’t find a new job soon.